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The eight-foot refit model

The studio models that represented the Constitution-class USS Enterprise were slated to be modernized and redesigned after the production of Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Animated Series. Starting out with traditional physical studio models, digital versions were also used to represent ships of this class in the Star Trek franchise.

Ralph McQuarrie, best known to the public for his stunning production designs for the Star Wars films, was hired by Ken Adam to help develop the designs for the new Star Trek: Planet of the Titans movie, ultimately abandoned to make way for Star Trek: Phase II, the new television series. Although the design used the same elements as the original design, saucer shaped primary hull, warp engine assemblies and a engineering secondary hull, the secondary hull was flattened and wedge shaped, providing a radically different look, one not unlike the Star Destroyers McQuarrie designed for those films.

Their Enterprise design, however, was abandoned, and Roddenberry asked Matt Jefferies to update the famous starship to reflect the refit that would be part of the Phase II-series' back story. During June 1977, Jefferies' re-designed the engine nacelles from tubes to thin, flat-sided modules, and tapered their supports. He also added the distinctive photon torpedo launch ports on the saucer connector.

Did You Know that male actors were also being looked at for the role of Captain Janeway? Although the producers were hoping to find a woman for the series, they were open to a man if they found him to be the best actor for the role. The honor was given initially to Geneviève Bujold and later to Kate Mulgrew.

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Today in Trek history

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1930
Alan Oppenheimer is born.
1931
George C. Villaseñor is born.
1939
David Birney is born.
1943
David M. Ronne is born.
1949
Richard Forinash is born.
1954
Victor Bevine is born.
1957
Scott Dweck is born.
1964
Ken Clark is born.
1965
Second story outline for TOS: "The Omega Glory" submitted.
1966
Second story outline for TOS: "Charlie X" submitted.
1969
Byron Thames is born.
1976
Gabriel Damon is born.
1984
Doren Fein is born.
1986
Forty-second day of filming on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
1988
Erica Mer is born.
1989
Marc Daniels dies.
1990
TNG: "Tin Man" airs.
1991
Rudy Solari dies.
Sixth day of filming on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Rura Penthe surface scenes are filmed today at Paramount Stage 15.
1992
Michael Wagner dies.
1993
First story outline is submitted for Star Trek Generations.
1996
Twelfth day of filming on Star Trek: First Contact.
1997
VOY: "Real Life" airs.
1998
Eighteenth day of filming on Star Trek: Insurrection.
1999
Star Trek: Insurrection premieres in Thailand.
2003
ENT: "The Breach" airs.
2010
Shay Duffin dies.
2012
Seventy-second day of filming on Star Trek Into Darkness.
2013
The video game Star Trek is released.
2014
IDW Publishing releases "I, Enterprise! Part 2", issue #32 of the ongoing Star Trek series.
Unknown year
Dan Abramovici is born.

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